Muhammad And Sophia Are The most Popular Baby Names In The UK
Muhammad is now the UK’s most popular boys’ name (Picture: Alamy)
Muhammad has become the most popular name for newborn boys in the UK, according to website BabyCentre.
The website’s list of the top 100 baby names of 2014 showed Muhammad has risen a huge 27 places from last year to claim the number one spot for the boys.
While Arabic baby names are on the rise, TV shows such as Game Of Thrones have also inspired names for the next generation.
The data showed an enormous surge in Arabic names generally, with Nur a new entry in the girls’ top 100, jumping straight to number 29, and Maryam rising 59 places to number 35 in the list.
Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim are all new to the boys’ top 100.
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Sophia was the top name for baby girls, mirroring its popularity in BabyCentre’s charts in the US, Brazil, Spain and Russia last year.
Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, said: ‘With the increase of Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today.
‘Parents have also been influenced by celebrity name choices. The Beckhams and Simon Cowell have been big influences this year. Eric, the name Simon Cowell chose for his son, increased by 314 per cent.’
Breaking Bad also continued to influence, as Skyler, Jesse and Walter all increased in popularity.
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